Climate Reality Launches 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope

– Prior to UN Climate Summit, Cultural Leaders Join Al Gore to Highlight Climate Solutions at Hand, Encourage Viewers to Dedicate a Day to Climate Fight

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Climate Reality Project’s fourth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast, 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope, will be presented live from Brooklyn, New York on September 16-17, beginning 12 PM EDT. This year’s broadcast marks a turning point in the global movement for climate solutions, celebrating innovation and progress in fighting climate change around the world and kick starting a year of concerted action. Each hour, former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman and Founder Al Gore will introduce a new reason to be hopeful about solving climate change and invite viewers worldwide to join this effort and dedicate a day in the coming year to helping end the climate crisis.

Airing one week prior to the U.N. Climate Summit, this year’s 24 Hours of Reality program will share the good news that the tide is turning and solutions to climate change are here today. Each hour focuses on a specific milestone in efforts to address the crisis – from the plummeting cost of solar panels to the rise of climate action at the national level. Building on the previous three installments of award-winning programming, this year’s broadcast will feature field reports with activists, town hall-style discussions with experts, and one-on-one interviews with celebrities, and artistic performances.

“Carbon pollution is already having a profound impact on our climate, but the good news is that we have all the tools we need to overcome this challenge,” said Al Gore. “It’s time our leaders stop asking ‘What do we do?’ and instead ask ‘How can we accelerate the shift to a sustainable future powered by cheap, clean renewable energy, with sustainable agriculture and forestry.’ This year’s 24 Hours of Reality will signal a transition in the global conversation on climate change where we highlight the solutions at hand and empower individuals to take simple actions to aid this global fight.”

The first 24 Hours of Reality began with the idea that much can change in a day. That’s why, throughout the program, viewers will be asked to dedicate a day to making a difference in the climate fight. The combined efforts from viewers across the world will make 24 Reasons for Hope the kickoff for a global commitment to better our communities and transition to a clean energy future.

24 Reasons for Hope will ask each of us to dedicate a day to make a difference,” said Ken Berlin, President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. “Climate change is big and complex, but that means there are hundreds of ways to contribute. Whether it’s a parent organizing a renewable energy fair at school, or a young professional pledging to become a Climate Reality Leader, or a student working to elect a clean energy candidate, we all have different ways and different days to contribute.”

In addition to former Vice President Al Gore and Climate Reality Project President and CEO Ken Berlin, a variety of international celebrities, musicians, advocates, and other special guests will join the broadcast, including:

  • Vanessa Black, filmmaker
  • Colbie Caillat, singer-songwriter
  • Rodne Galicha, activist
  • Wanjira Mathai, environmentalist
  • Jason Mraz, singer-songwriter
  • Patrick Ngowi, entrepreneur
  • Bunker Roy, founder of the Barefoot College
  • Mark Ruffalo, actor & activist
  • Ian Somerhalder, actor & model
  • Johan van der Berg
  • Daniela Velasco

Representatives from:

  • Truman Project
  • The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • The Green Belt Movement
  • The Land Institute
  • Solar Sister
  • Interfaith Power and Light

The broadcast will be produced by Control Room, with supporting media efforts by Participant Media’s television network, Pivot, and

For more information on 24 Hours of Reality, visit

About The Climate Reality Project:
The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action around climate change. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.

Groundbreaking Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Uncovers Ivory Supply Chain from Poached African Elephants to Markets in Asia

– “Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain,” according to new report

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets tens of thousands of miles away in Asia. This information comes four months after the groups’ shocking report, Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa, which detailed the poaching crisis and its links to violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption. View the full report at

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “The ivory trade is operating today at the highest level since the 1989 commercial ivory trade ban. Our investigation reveals that between 2009 and June 2014, there were more than 90 large-scale ivory seizures, collectively weighing almost 170 tons that bear the hallmarks of international organized crime. This would amount to approximately 229,729 elephants killed and trafficked in fewer than six years.”

“It is well known that East Asian nationals, and, in particular, the Chinese, drive the modern ivory trade. However, the scale we found in our investigation was shocking; Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every single African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain,” Roberts explains.  

Varun Vira, Chief of Analysis at C4ADS and co-author of the report commissioned by Born Free USA, said, “The ivory trade is worth billions of dollars but is still talked about as if it were an unprofessional, disorganized, and artisanal industry, of concern only to conservationists. In reality, it is a highly organized, complex global crime that has avoided consequence for decades. However, our report reveals that there may be as few as 100 large-scale ivory containers moving annually that drive the vast majority of the entire illegal trade. Focusing efforts on intercepting these containers and tracing back their owners and facilitators can have a real impact on the trade.” 

Out of Africa provides a detailed examination of the illicit ivory supply chain, including: 

  • Illegal ivory flows primarily in containers through the international shipping system. At least 100 containers may be moving annually, the majority through a small number of chokepoints.
  • A large majority of all of the illegal ivory is accounted for within a small number of transactions; through a small number of ports and airports; and to a small number of criminal networks.
  • Just the three ports of Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar in Kenya and Tanzania exit the majority of shipments, pointing to the need for more carefully-targeted enforcement efforts.
  • The top three airports in the chain are in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Johannesburg.
  • Traffickers able to operate from the forest to the market can earn more than 2,500% in profit margins.
  • Ivory and wildlife trafficking networks operate within a networked black market that has a high degree of convergence with other forms of organized crime activity. Ivory traffickers do not necessarily run guns or narcotics themselves, but they rely on — and help enrich — facilitators who are interwoven into the systems that enable terrorist financing, drugs, weapons, and human trafficking.

Roberts adds, “The greatest challenge to combat the wildlife trade is a lack of adequate information on how the trade functions. Our report seeks to bridge that gap, providing actionable insights, and replicable and scalable processes, to help mobilize tangible action for the policy, intelligence, and law enforcement communities.” 

The Born Free USA team has focused on wildlife trafficking for more than two decades, and advocated vociferously for the 1989 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) uplisting of African elephants to Appendix I, thus shutting down the commercial international trade in elephant ivory. The organization maintains a global wildlife trade program and is at the forefront of campaigns to protect imperiled species, including from the trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn, tiger bone, lion trophies, and bear gallbladders.

Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film “Born Free,” along with their son Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at;; and

C4ADS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting of conflict and security issues worldwide. C4ADS’ approach leverages nontraditional investigative techniques and emerging analytical technologies. The organization recognizes the value of working on the ground in the field, capturing local knowledge, and collecting original data to inform analysis, as well as employing cutting-edge technology to manage and analyze data. The result is an innovative analytical approach to conflict prevention and mitigation. More at

GENIVI To Host “Connected Car Track” During Super Mobility Week

– A Key Track as Part of CTIA 2014™ Mobility Week’s “Money Event”

SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The GENIVI® Alliance, an automotive and consumer electronics industry association driving the development and adoption of an open In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform announced today that it will host the “Connected Car- Open Automotive Track” as part of CTIA’s Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas, Sept. 8-11, 2014, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

In conjunction with Mobility Week’s “The Money Event” which features panel discussions and demonstrations from some of the most successful experts in the mobile banking and commerce world, the Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will cover the latest innovations and enablers to provide commerce in the car, which itself is now increasingly connected, and in fact a mobile “device” in its own right.

As part its Open Automotive Series, GENIVI will host three sessions on Sept. 11: Collaborate or Die (United We Stand) focusing on the partnerships, alliances and other collaborative efforts that are facilitating major developments in the sector; Cars are Connected – Where are the Applications which will discuss how automotive applications are still missing from the digital devices passengers carry into their vehicles, and Inside Your Car, Your Mind and Your Wallet that will delve into the costs vs. consumer and key stakeholder benefits to bring loT into the vehicle.

“The Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will serve as an ideal venue for GENIVI, as an open source thought leader, to showcase current and future mobile innovations happening in the money and commerce ecosystems,” said Joel Hoffmann, director of Marketing for GENIVI Alliance. “This unique event will bring automotive industry leaders from across the globe to discuss how the connected car is literally becoming a vehicle for payments and commerce.”

GENIVI’s Open Automotive events are a series of one-day conferences that explore – with automakers, suppliers, automotive consortia and leading industry analysts – the relationship between automotive connectivity and the so-called “Internet of Things (IoT)”.  Later in the year, Open Automotive will appear in Detroit as well as live webinars hosted by Automotive World.  For future GENIVI events, visit

To register for The Money Event in conjunction with CTIA Super Mobility Week and receive a 30% discount on the price of registration, visit and enter discount code “ADITYA30.”

About GENIVI Alliance
The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI’s work will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. Comprised of more than 170 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif.  Please visit for more information.

About The Money Event
The Money Event ( where the Mobile and Money ecosystems meet, make deals and create partnerships. The Money Event will offer an unprecedented experience to 40,000 attendees from 100 countries at CTIA 2014, with a combination of visionary presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions and company-specific demonstrations in 3 parallel tracks over 2.5 days of rich programming, all against the backdrop of mobile’s premier industry event, Super Mobility Week.

THE MONEY EVENT will run from September 9 -11, 2014 in Las Vegas.

About CITA
CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

Media Contact- GENIVI Alliance:
Craig Miner

Nominations Open for The 2014 Yahoo! Internet for Good Gold Standard Award

HONG KONG, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nominations are now open for The 2014 Yahoo Internet for Good Gold Standard Award, which recognises excellence in the use of the internet in promoting charitable causes and community engagement across Asia Pacific. 

Now in its third [ES1] year, the award is conducted in partnership between Yahoo and PublicAffairsAsia, the network for senior professionals involved in public affairs, corporate communications, policy-making and regulation.

Entries should be lodged by September 26 (or by October 5 subject to prior notification under late entry terms) and entry packs can be downloaded from

This award is designed to recognise excellence in the use of the internet as an interactive engagement tool by the public, employees, community groups, government, charities or NGOs in promoting charitable, community or volunteer initiatives. It is open to the nomination of non-corporate bodies in Asia Pacific who can illustrate excellence in the innovative use of the internet for good causes.

In 2013, the award was presented to The Internet Society for their project Wireless for Communities (W4C), a
community based approach tobringingthe internet to rural India. The Health Promotion Board of Singapore secured a highly commended award for its “I Quit” Club initiative which encouraged Singaporeans to stop smoking. In 2012, the award was won by Sonokids Australia which was honoured in recognition of the “All Abilities ePlayground project” which is directed at increasing internet access to young children with disabilities.

Commenting, Nick O’Donnell, Yahoo’s Regional Manager of Public Policy for Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted to once again support The Gold Standard Award. Since our founding in 1994, we have been committed to being a socially responsible corporate partner in the communities in which we live and work around the world.  Just as we challenge our own employees to ‘make good a daily habit’, this award recognises other individuals to harness the power of the Internet for good.”

Mark O’Brien, PublicAffairsAsia’s Vice President, added: “Community groups, NGOs and other organizations are harnessing the power of the internet to deliver impact in areas ranging from the environment, healthcare to building stronger local communities. We are proud to be working with Yahoo to recognise achievement in this important area.”

Yahoo has embraced a number of social causes globally including Earth Day, Breast Cancer Day and World Aids Day. During the two weeks following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Yahoo, Inc. helped raise more than US$7 million through donate buttons placed across its network.  Yahoo also deployed a disaster response donation drive after Typhoon Haiyanin 2013 that raised another $230K towards aid in the Philippines. 

The Yahoo Employee Foundation is a 100% Yahoo employee funded and managed organization that awards grants to causes championed by individual Yahoo employees.  An average of $2M per year in grants have been awardedto non-profit organisations over the past four years.These grants support clean water initiatives, victims of domestic violence, sustainable farming, and many more.

As a trusted Internet destination that attracts more than half a billion users across the world every month, Yahoo believes that the Internet is more than just a medium that brings down communication barriers; it can also foster positive change.

The 2014 Gold Standard Awards will be judged by a panel of senior government affairs practitioners, corporate communications professionals, business leaders and government figures led by Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President of Government Affairs for HP.

Awards Criteria:

This award is designed to recognise excellence in the use of the internet as an interactive engagement tool by the public, employees, community groups, charities or NGOs in promoting charitable, community or volunteer initiatives. It is open to the nomination of non-corporate bodies in Asia Pacific who can illustrate excellence in the innovative use of the internet for good causes. There is no entry fee for this category.

  • Entries should NOT EXCEED 1000 words and should address planning, execution and outcomes [where appropriate] on an equal 33%, 33%, 33% basis.
  • Nominated programmes must have been launched, or have shown significant activity or progress, in the 18 month period prior to the opening of nominations.
  • Please note that supporting materials are NOT PERMITTED. Any reference to supporting evidence should be included as hyperlinks in the external links section of the entry form. Entrants can include photos or links to videos in the main body of the entry form.

About the PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards

The Gold Standard Awards are operated by PublicAffairsAsia magazine and network and are the industry-leading programme for corporate communications, public affairs and government relations professionals operating Asia Pacific. Founded in 2008, the awards have attracted over 800 entries from a wide range of corporations, NGOs, industry group, specialist consultancies and governmental agencies. For more, visit

About Yahoo!

Yahoo is focused on making the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom ( or the company’s blog (

Contact: For further information contact Mark O’Brien on +66-801-458697 or email

JustGiving Partners with Revolution Asia in Hong Kong

LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

JustGiving partners with Revolution Asia for the inaugural East Aquathon 16.3 to let participants realise their fundraising potential 

JustGiving has today announced a fundraising partnership with Revolution Asia for the East Aquathon 16.3, a brand new race concept for Hong Kong, supporting the Sedan Chair Charities Fund. The partnership will allow registered participants to develop a personalised fundraising page on the events website through JustGiving’s APIs, enabling fundraisers to harness the power of digital networking and social media to help them raise more for charity.

East Aquathon 16.3 is an explosive individual and relay style adventure, combining Open Water Swimming, Trail Running and Road Running, all in one adrenalin-fuelled race. It provides the perfect opportunity for adventure minded athletes in Hong Kong and from overseas to come together and compete in a challenging and competitive race whilst raising funds for a worthy cause.

Sedan Chair Charities Fund (SCCF) is a registered non-profit organization with a mission to help local charities that receive limited or no support from the Community Chest, Hong Kong Jockey Club, or the Government. Over the last 39 years, it has raised over HK$65.7million. Since 1975, SCCF has helped 131 local charities who are committed to aiding our community members in need. For more information about SCCF visit their website:

Country/Region Director for JustGiving Australia, New Zealand & Hong Kong, Nikki Kinloch, comments:

“It is great to have a partnership with such an innovative event organiser as Revolution Asia. We’re excited to be teaming up on the East Aquathon 16.3 which stands to be a unique event that will raise vital funds for the Sedan Chair Charities Fund through JustGiving.” 

Visit: to register and start fundraising today!

JustGiving is the world’s social platform for giving. Since launching in 2001, JustGiving has allowed more than 22 million people to raise $2.6 billion for over 13,000 charities.

For more information on event partnerships or charity partnership in Hong Kong contact:
Nikki Kinloch
Country/Region Director – Australia, New Zealand & Hong Kong

Final Call for Hong Kong Corporate Governance Excellence Awards 2014

Nomination closes on September 26. Grab the chance to be recognized

HONG KONG, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nomination for the Hong Kong Corporate Governance Excellence Awards 2014, jointly organized by The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies and the Centre for Corporate Governance and Financial Policy of Hong Kong Baptist University, will close on September 26. Grab the chance to be recognized. The Awards are open to Hong Kong listed companies in the following categories:

  • Main Board Companies: Hang Seng Index Constituent Companies
  • Main Board Companies: Hang Seng Composite Index Constituent Companies
  • Other Main Board and GEM Companies

These prestigious Awards will recognize those Hong Kong listed companies with outstanding commitment to shareholder rights, compliance, integrity, fairness, responsibility, accountability, transparency, board independence & leadership, and corporate social responsibility, with particular emphasis on innovations and improvement, company culture and business impact.

Candidates will be considered for the Sustainability Excellence Awards if they demonstrate a strong sense of social and environmental commitment.

For more information on the Awards, please visit the Awards website, or call +852-2970-0886 – 7 or email

About the Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies

Incorporated in September 2002, CHKLC is a non-profit organization serving listed companies in Hong Kong. The Chamber strives to promote sound corporate governance, function as an effective communication channel between listed companies and regulatory authorities, strengthen the commercial linkage and foster co-operation among listed companies from Hong Kong and Mainland China and uphold Hong Kong’s position as an international trade, commercial and financial centre. Since 2007, the Chamber organises the annual “Hong Kong Corporate Governance Excellence Awards” jointly with the Hong Kong Baptist University to advocate best practices of corporate governance and recognize excellence, and from 2008 organises the annual “Listed Companies Conference” to provide a forum of discussion of stock market issues on a regular basis, with the 2012 event having been held in Shanghai.

About the Centre for Corporate Governance & Financial Policy of Hong Kong Baptist University

The Centre aspires to be a “Centre of Excellence” on corporate governance in the region. It promotes quality policy and academic research on corporate governance and related financial policy issues covering Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Asia-Pacific economies, with the aim to improve the quality of corporate governance practices. Additionally, the Centre provides professional executive education activities to disseminate knowledge and advance the highest ideals of responsible business leadership. Through consultancy projects, the Centre also assists organizations to design, improve and assess their corporate governance systems and structures.

UNDP-Baidu Big Data Joint Laboratory Aims to Increase Social Innovation and Tackle Development Issues


BEIJING, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A Big Data Joint Laboratory between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China and Baidu was launched today in Beijing to pioneer new methods and frameworks for using big data to support development goals.

The Joint Lab is designed as an open platform that brings together big data and development experts from UNDP and Baidu as well as partners from government, academia, CSOs and the private sector in both traditional and new technology industries across the country to tap into new insights and produce idea prototypes for testing and implementation. Concerted cross-sector partnerships can build a foundation for mutual innovation and knowledge sharing.

“Big data needs big partnerships; we are pleased to launch our Joint Lab as testament to our conviction that great change can only come about through new and innovative thinking ,” said Xu Haoliang, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau of Asia-Pacific of UNDP. “The UN recognizes that big data technology has tremendous potential to drive social innovation for sustainable development and we welcome partners like Baidu to contribute their technology expertise,” he added.

The joint Lab will leverage Baidu’s Big Data engine to identify valuable data which can contribute to formulating and implementing development strategies. Also, the public will be engaged to raise awareness of the specific challenges that the Joint Lab will be addressing, in order to encourage participation and foster behaviour change.

“This partnership with UNDP is an important milestone in our work of technological innovation and promotion of global public good,” said Jennifer Li, CFO of Baidu. “We believe that Baidu’s platforms and Big Data technology will help the UN to more effectively achieve the Millennium Development Goals and build a better world,” she added.

As the inaugural product of the Joint lab,  an e-waste recycling “Light App” designed for smart phones was unveiled at the event. “Baidu Recycle”, the first of its kind in China, is a web app that doesn’t need to be downloaded and can be accessed by searching for “Baidu Recycle” in the Baidu search app. Users can take a photo of their electronic waste and get the name, category and estimated scrap price for the item. Users in Beijing and Tianjin can arrange an e-waste pick-up provided by recycling partner TCL Corporation. This service is rolling out to other cities in the future.

The web app is hoped to help streamline the recycling process and cut down on those ‘informal recycling stations’ where uncredited entities reclaim precious metals from within electronic equipment but then dispose of the toxic materials incorrectly, causing severe ground and water pollution.

In China, national electronic waste grew at an annual average of 21.6% from 2009 to 2013. However, out of the over 3.6 million tonnes of e-waste being generated domestically, the actual amount of e-waste processed by legitimate channels only accounts for 40% of the theoretical scrap.  

“Using Baidu’s big data technology for analysing and processing industry data, we can better understand the recycling needs in different areas and make our existing and future recycling stations more efficient,” said Senior Vice-President of TCL Corporation Mr. Shi Wanwen. “This has a very important significance for upgrading the e-waste recycling industry with information technology,” he added.

As advocate for the UN-Baidu Big Data Joint Lab, renowned Chinese actress and film director Zhao Wei also gave a live demonstration on the use of ‘Baidu Recycle’ Light App. As the first user of the app, Zhao hopes to inspire everyone to utilize this more environmentally-friendly, more convenient and safer form of e-waste treatment.

To access the e-waste web app, search for “Baidu Recycle” in your Baidu App, on iOS or Android.

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Baidu is the largest Chinese search engine in the world and has been actively mobilizing its resources to pursue public good. Baidu is mandated to “enable everyone to reach their potential on an equal footing.” In recent years, Baidu has committed a huge amount of resources to develop its web search tools for disadvantaged groups of people, such as the visually challenged, children and the elderly. These efforts have helped bridge the information gap and build a knowledge sharing society.

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E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in developed as well as in developing countries. E-waste is growing exponentially worldwide but is particularly severe in China, a leader in the production and consumption of the world’s electric and electronic equipment. Domestic e-waste in China is estimated to be growing by 20% every year.